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Roosevelt and the Supreme Court: Constitutional Issues

Description: This activity asks students to examine documents from the National Archives relating to Franklin Roosevelt's attempt to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court in order to get his New Deal legislation declared Constitutional. Students analyze the main ideas of the documents and determine the constitutional issues which made the president's action controversial. Standards 11.6.2 and 12.7.1

Author: Digital Classroom - National Archives

Lesson ID: 917

The New Deal's Legacy

Description: Review laws that were enacted as part of the New Deal measures. Do these programs still exist today and, if so, in what form? (Examples: modern welfare programs, farm subsidies, Americorp, minimum wage, FDIC, the Columbia River Reclamation Project, and Social Security). In groups, research one of the existing programs, using Thomas, the Library of Congress' on-line legislative site, etc. Identify at least two current pieces (one provided, one researched) of proposed legislation dealing with your program and then prepare a position paper on this program. Then participate in a Congressional Policy Forum. Finally, the class members will vote on which three pieces of legislation they will recommend to Congress. Standards 11.6.4, 12.7.5 civics and 12.3.2 economics

Author: Douglas Perry and Wendy Sauer, American Memory Project

Lesson ID: 1055

The Nuclear Game - How Close Was It?

Description: In the 1950s and 1960s people probably knew less than we do today about the nuclear weapons that existed and what their governments were doing about them. On the other hand people probably thought a lot more about nuclear war than we do today. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s there was a real fear of an all out nuclear war between the USA and the USSR which would devastate those countries and most of the rest of the world . In this Gallery from the Virtual Museum of the National Archive of the United Kingdom, you are going to try to understand how both ordinary people and politicians felt about nuclear weapons and the possibility of nuclear war in the 1950s and 1960s. We have 3 case studies which will help you to develop your own views on this matter and answer the Big Question: The Nuclear Game - How Close Was It? Standards 10.9.1, 11.9.4, and 12.7.8 civics

Author: LearningCurve, National Archives of the United Kingdom

Lesson ID: 1056

U.S. Immigration Policy

Description: Examine current immigration policies in the United States, at both the state and federal levels. Consider a variety of viewpoints on several controversial issues related to immigration, and discuss these issues in light of past, current, and proposed legislation. Standards 11.9.7 and 11.11.1

Author: Close-up Foundation

Lesson ID: 1152

Variety of Perspectives on the Welfare State

Description: After reading selected passages from Jonathan Kozol s book, Amazing Grace, survey the spectrum of viewpoints in the classroom on the contemporary role of government in American society. Comment on a variety of questions related to the welfare state. For example: * How much should the United States government and state governments be involved in helping improve the lives of citizens? * Which group do you think could better help impoverished United States citizens: private charitable organizations or the government? * Does society owe support to children of single-parent families when the parent is unemployed? Standards 11.11.6, 12.7.5 civics, and 12.3.2 economics

Author: American Memory Project

Lesson ID: 1183

Warrant-less Wiretapping

Description: In the years following the passage of the USA Patriot Act, the federal government’s surveillance programs have been criticized as unconstitutional, as well as defended as essential to the War on Terror. This eLesson focuses on what the National Security Agency (NSA) calls the Terrorist Surveillance Program, known commonly as “warrant-less wiretapping.” Read the short article provided and engage in a guided discussion of the issues. Standards 12.8.7 and 12.10

Author: Bill of Rights Institute

Lesson ID: 542

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